Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was awarded the National League Cy Young on Wednesday in a landslide of a vote. 29 of the 30 first place votes were cast for Kershaw on his way to 207 points versus second place Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals who finished with only 86. Wainwright ended up with 15 of the 30 second place votes while third place finisher Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins got nine.
Kershaw was dominant in 2013 with a record of 16-9 and a 1.83 ERA leading the National League in strikeouts with 232. Along with the strong numbers this year, Kershaw has led Major League Baseball in ERA and WHIP each of the last three seasons. The only other two pitchers to lead MLB in ERA for three straight seasons are Greg Maddux for the Atlanta Braves (1993-1995) and Lefty Grove for the Philadelphia Athletics (1929-1931).
In 2014, Kershaw will try to do exactly what Sandy Koufax did in 1963, 1965, and 1966 with winning the award three times in a four-year span. Koufax is the only Dodger pitcher to have won multiple Cy Young awards. There have only been 17 multiple winners and only eight who have won more than twice. This is also the 11th time a Dodger pitcher has won the award.
The 25-year-old Kershaw is the youngest lefty to ever win multiple Cy Young awards. The humble guy he is Kershaw said about winning, “You never expect to win a Cy Young when you start playing baseball let alone make it to the big leagues. You just try to soak it all in.”
Kershaw can’t get in front of media these days without being asked about his contract situation. It was no different Thursday morning on the Dan Patrick Show. Kershaw didn’t say much but what he did say may at least confirm the dollar amount being discussed.
“I don’t know yet. I haven’t really got into that with the Dodgers yet. We’ll see what happens, I’m pretty opened minded,” said Kershaw. Then Patrick asked what everybody wants to know which is the figure of $300 million.
“I can’t really talk about it. Apparently people are talking about it which is unfortunate. I didn’t want any of that stuff to get out whether it’s true or not.”
Kershaw then went on to say, “I want to stay as confidential as possible but apparently there is a leak somewhere.”
It’s safe to say that the dollar amount is accurate one way or the other and Kershaw has definitely been thinking about what happens to a large number of athletes once they get paid. “I put enough pressure on myself. I try not to think about other people’s expectations. You can’t always control result but you can control effort…..you can’t get comfortable because you’re making more money.”
Whether it’s 10 years/$300 million or some other figure there is no doubt the young left-hander will be paid handsomely this offseason.